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Richard Dickson One Last Chance C/w A Thousand Miles Away

Yes we all appreciate, in fact adore this iconic Los Angeles label; Bobby Womack, The Furys, Delores Hall, Fi-Dels, Jackie Lee, Pat Hodges, Fuller Brothers, Watts 103rd., Street Rhythm Band..a label littered with stand-out California artists and truly great Northern Soul Records..

But how many you own, or even seen or heard this the labels RAREST 45 by a country mile.. So very rare? You would expect it to be a below par song or country & western or something wrong, to make it sell virtually nothing… but no this is “vocal-group” harmony Soul of the highest calbre..

Well it had to be, because the highly-admired Bobby Sanders was the main man in its making. The Artist/Producer behind a plethora of L.A. Soul/R&B recordings on the Soul Town, Pick-A-Hit labels etc - writing and producing for the likes of The Younghearts, The Tempo’s and many more..

Before you today is “The Rarest Of The Rare” 60s Sweet Soul ballad, mysteriously credited to a single artist but obviously a 100% vocal-group session. Truly beautiful and drenched in emotional Soulfulness, as we listen to a masterclass in the falsetto delivery and harmony support.

Flip it over for a magnificent mid-60s adaptation of the Shep & The Limelites classic…

But “One Last Chance” stands head and shoulders above anything of this style I’ve heard in years… Noting that it will most-probably be your “One Last Chance” to own it……..it really is THAT RARE!

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 186.00

 
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Paris Sleepless Nights C/w Wishing Well

From the Los Angeles Motown nerve centre, with all the office Big-Boys taking part in the construction of this mighty-slab of Jobette music.

Written by Chester & Gary Pipkin a pair who crafted a smorgasbord of 60s Northern Soul for us to feast upon, and Frank Wilson’s right-hand man Marc Gordon come together to craft uncompromisingly floorshakin’ Northern Soul.

There also, making sure mighty “Paris’s” vocal flowed was Jerry “Do I Love You” Long and the “Indeed I Do” Frank Wilson pulls the whole production together.

A real-dream-team of Californian masters of the studio console.. you’d expect something out of this world - that’s what you get! When the Jobette Boys hand the song sheet to the man with the Gargantuan vocal !

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 1,665.00

 
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Adventurers Easy Baby C/w (these Days) A Good Girl Is So Hard To Find

This weeks timeless Northern Soul classic promo, we were going to save for our “Manship Mints” promotion at Christmas - but that’s a long way away.. so here before Easter is a chance to own an utterly flawless Premiership Classic NS oldie.

Check out those two “as new” labels and rest assured I’ve been angling the vinyl under the office lights for some sign of human-contact and failed!

It’s as near MINT as you could ever wish for.. I seriously doubt this has see any turntable action since its birth in 1967.

Blackpool Mecca, Wigan Casino, Catacombs, Cleethorpes Pier you couldn’t name a 70s Soul Club that didn’t shake to the sound of that distinctive guitar intro - signaling the dancefloor-dash.

One for the OCD Northern Soul memory seeker - as this is PERFECT condition just PREFECT!

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 512.00

 
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Sir Henry Ivy He Left You Standing There

On the back of huge dancefloor appreciation, this rare 1977 Memphis Cross-Over dance groove that has recently rocketed in demand.

Upon clicking the infectious soundfile, you’ll fully understand why, as the exuberant horns insist you move, as Henry Ivy’s vocal fills the arrangement with emotional lyrics, neatly blending Real-Soul with a potent “dance” production.

An indie that fortunately ignores the burgeoning “disco” scene of 1977, allowing Henry to deliver “Memphis” Soul within an inspirational upbeat dance atmosphere..

Little wonder this tune is HOT!

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The winning bid was £ 440.00

 
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Mr. Floods Party Compared To What

This weeks “Affordable Offering” is actually no easy 45 to find these days - especially as the original GM Detroit release that broke surface in the UK on the Ember label from which became a Wigan Casino Monster!

This, now elusive USA original of the Gene McDaniels composition that Roberta Flack, Les McCann & Eddie Harris first released in 1969 through it’s Atlantic Records conception; carries all the qualities and so much morte punch for the British all nite dance clubs it set alight, circa mid-70s and unsurprisingly still having the same effect some 40 years later.

If you are going to own this NS Anthem may we suggest in this form - it is disappearing fast.. condition of course is beautiful. 

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 160.00

 
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Garnet Mimms It Was Easier To Hurt Her C /w So Close

Mark Twain…. “Buy Land They’re Not Making It Anymore”

New York’s finest come together on an outpouring of regret.

In the mid-60s The Brill building occupants prided themselves on the full “nothing spared” productions, with the presence to trigger watery eyes in grown men. Lyrics that reminded you of every mistake in love you ever made, voices that speared the heart and girl choruses to fall in love with.

Not many chefs of this style of Soul were better at fusing those ingredients than Jerry Ragovoy, Bert Russel & Garry Sherman these guys really were at the top of their game.

To prove this point, just listen to Garnet Mimms and the artistry that has gone into this impressive recording - the Beat-Ballad is a lost-art of music. Nobody will ever capture this atmospheric emotion style ever again.

John Manship “Buy A Beat-Ballad They’re Not Making It Anymore”

This is “Beat Ballad Heaven” in the most fabulous eye-popping condition…

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The winning bid was £ 51.00

 
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Cal Green And The Specials I'll Give You Just A Little More Time C/w Spanky

Very rare Hollywood, Northern Soul from a guitarist of neighborhood renown…But this is no guitar instrumental like his “Stormy” or the highly rated “Trippin’ this recording is a fabulously uplifting summer of 1968 Northern Soul groove.

Subtle intro features an effortless vocal cradled by equally fluent girl-group answering chorus, that features throughout this “builder” grabbing a hold of you as it progresses. Seamlessly flowing mid-tempo that is right up there alongside the greats of this style but yet to find its true value, as exposure over the decades has been sporadic to say the least, rare spins by the few DJ’s that actually own a copy.

Having given this fine example of our music, a more focused listen - I’m already regretting listing it - as my style of sets at the moment would benefit greatly from it’s inclusion.

Well what’s done, is done … it won’t be he first or last time I’ve sold a 45 I should’ve kept!

 

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The winning bid was £ 451.00

 
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Marvin Gaye I Heard It Through The Grapevine C/w Need Somebody

As a Green & White DEMO this is one real-tough cookie to acquire - as a recording, Norman Whitfield’s twist on Gladys Knight’s original is utterly iconic.

I was in my last year at school, when a friend’s parents fortunately went on holiday. She held a quiet Friday night party for the King Edward VII’s 5th & 6th forms and all of Pieland’s MODS..

Having been embarrassed early on in the evening by my Big Brother falling into the trap of drinking a “Topped Up With Piss” pint of lager put in front of him, and one of my classmates running through the quiet Leicestershire village of Frisby wearing the hostess’s mother’s Baby Doll lingerie, I myself had my eye on other prizes - I needed to investigate that stack of records in the corner…

It included the latest Motown hit, Marvin’s “Grapevine”, the song I remember most from that delinquent night in. In the early hours the partygoers started to flake out in every corner of the house. The “Dansette” DJ had grown tired of loading the spindle with 8 new choices and just left the arm pulled over to the right, which effectively triggered..

REPEAT!! REPEAT!! REPEAT!! REPEAT!!

Marvin was the song on the turntable and it played constantly for hours and hours. It caused such annoyance, it was ruled by the older boys that if anyone took it off, they would be severely punched..

I would have gladly taken a good punching, if I’d have known then how darn good the flipside was.. Stunning Northern Soul on the back of a Motown Anthem, sitting here in its rarest form and in the finest possible condition.

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The winning bid was £ 150.00

 
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The Grooms Slow Down C/w I Deserve A Little Bit More

For only the 2nd time this century we are more than delighted to be able to offer the “rarest of the rare” from the Norfolk, Virginia’s Church Street community. The birth place of so many great Virginia Soul recordings especially from the competing desks of Frank Guida and Noah Biggs, two leaders in the City’s recording scene.

This 45 is a Noah Biggs and E. Payton project; Biggs conceded his Shiptown label, was viewed as a vehicle for lifting local talent into view of larger labels. e.g. The Anglos - Shiptown recording, enjoying a nationwide shot at success through Scepter/Wand.

This will explain the ridiculously rarity of this highly sought after 45, offering up two fabulous Soul recordings mirroring the Church Street neighborhood.

We lead with the fabulous blending of Funk/Soul crafting an ideal dance experience for today’s Northern Soul upfront DJ’s. Tight harmonies from this 4 man band ride on a raft of Horns, crashing cymbals, persistent wah wah guitar leading to a lengthy instrumental break leaving you longing for those silky harmonies to jump back in, which they do at exactly the right moment.

Flip it over and you’ll be immersing yourself into a pool of despair, which the lead vocalist gives the impression, this is a personal experience; with sublime trumpet caressing and his teammates soothing backing, brings together one of the most-moving Sweet Soul experiences I’ve heard in quite some time.

Two magnificently Soulful sides, that are just too elusive to think about…

Vinyl has some light surface marks but as you can hear plays well, with both labels in impeccable condition.

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The winning bid was £ 160.00

 
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Rotations We Want Freedom C/w Don't Ever Hurt Me Girl

One of very few known copies in the world, a handful of this Philly creation entered the country during the 80s, as a promo only tester with the error on the A-side that should have been pressed as “When He Slowly Moves Away” but plays “Don’t Ever Hurt Me Girl” a cool tune, but this 1970 recording was issued on Law-Ton 1550.

Manny Campbell’s error actually induced the birth of an extremely rare record - as today it is the “We Want Freedom” flipside that is causing collectors whisperings and curiously secretive inquiring (before the lid blows of the can) and everybody joins the hunt to own “the original”.

This was after all the original first release for the fabulous string-driven “We want freedom” oh so very soulful .. oh so very rare in this the original form!

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The winning bid was £ 25.00

 
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Kell Osborne The Lonely Boy Song C/w Quicksand

On its Northern Soul debut “Quicksand” was the preferred side to spin, today the flipside “The Lonely Boy Song” is the one making a huge impact on the dancefloor, just like “Quicksand” did before it.

Those “Page Boys” Billy & Gene even from their outset, were never ones to skimp on a production. Both sides are driven by a fully equipped orchestra to compliment Kell’s rich vocal (that could have so easily become a Temptations ingredient, if Kell hadn’t have left Detroit & his friend Eddie Kendricks in 1960 to further his career in L.A.)

This double-helping of muscular Northern Soul showcases his vocal powers perfectly. The scan & the soundfiles also illustrate its near perfect condition of the much -rarer STOCK copy.

Double header of irresistible charm…

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The winning bid was £ 267.00

 
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Tommy Bush & The Earnest Scott Band I Don't Like It ( But I Love You)

Everybody’s favourite label - the “Sassy” Kitten thoroughly deserving of the label-art recognition it enjoys.

…but what lay hidden in the grooves would terrify any “kitten” to death, as “Blues” man Tommy Bush roars out ferocious Northern Soul, growling rebelliously though a cage of plucking Blues guitar and snarling brass.

This is no “Moist Pussy” - this is Simba with a thorn in his foot…

This is “King Of The Northern Soul Jungle”

This is a Northern Soul Beast.. even though it’s presented on the cutest label from the bush…

Sorry, this item has already been won!
The winning bid was £ 589.00

 
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Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels Break Out

Salivating British Eye-Candy in just the most sublime condition!

Red & White’s do not get any more alluring than this Twisted Wheel anthem. Even back in those halcyon days of the mid-60s, as a Red & White UK promo this 45 was one an highly prized, seldom if ever seen trophy-piece

Check out those two flawless labels, we guarantee the vinyl is in the same impeccable state….now unleashed the fury of young Detroit - a tune every one of you knows off by heart -

but it still has the same effect it had on you when you were 16…doesn’t it

a totally timeless classic in it’s must-own form, the addictive RED & WHITE!

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The winning bid was £ 288.00

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Several absurd prices here that give a totally distorted view of some records' values. Mind you, not even the hype for a couple of more obscure records could convince the punters to speculate heavily on rarity confirming quality usually trumps scarcity. More and more British records popping up so is the USA well running dry?

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Have to say I paid more for Kell Osbourne 12 years ago than this rare issue went for, that's pretty cheap and the issue really is hard to find.

 

Anyone want to sell me one for the same price  :thumbsup:  :hatsoff2: PLEASE

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That Rotations is give away price , unbelievable....

 

Yup Manny Campbell only made about 20 copies. Wonder how many of those 20 we can find on here.,….one here  :wub: , and the auction copy makes two so far….

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Yup Manny Campbell only made about 20 copies. Wonder how many of those 20 we can find on here.,….one here  :wub: , and the auction copy makes two so far….

Yes Steve,got mine off Dave H many years ago for more than £25,but it seems strange it was sold at this price...

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Have to say I paid more for Kell Osbourne 12 years ago than this rare issue went for, that's pretty cheap and the issue really is hard to find.

Sold my issue for more than that in 92 or 93!

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£40?

that's what i would have thought as a maximum, and it did sit at that price for a while, so it was a bit off a surprise to see what it went for. (still not selling my copy)

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Have to say I paid more for Kell Osbourne 12 years ago than this rare issue went for, that's pretty cheap and the issue really is hard to find.

The popcorn sound is very out of favour these days though Pete. Listening to it now it just sounds very dated and more like rock and roll than soul.

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Yes Eddie, but why should it get more. It's not being played by Butch or whoever, it's not a stomping piece of nonsense, it's a shit rare stunning 2 sides of soul

 

One side is rare ? Isn't it.? The other on Lawton.?

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Yes Eddie, but why should it get more. It's not being played by Butch or whoever, it's not a stomping piece of nonsense, it's a shit rare stunning 2 sides of soul

yeah ,you're right Dave ,why would anyone want it ...lol

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One side is rare ? Isn't it.? The other on Lawton.?

The story goes a bit like this.................

Following a request from a UK dealer in the 80's to put out the previously unreleased 'We Want Freedom/As she slowly slips away', Manny sent the master tapes off to a pressing plant. Somewhere along the line this got messed up and the wrong tapes were sent. So it was pressed as 'We Want Freedom/Don't Ever Hurt Me Girl' the latter having already been released on Lawton. The UK dealer said he did want them without 'As she slowly slips away'. So as Manny is a pragmatist, he wasn't gonna send more money after bad and lost interest in the project. Most copies were thrown away, just keeping a handful, which over the years have found their way to the UK.

 

About 7 years ago on a visit to Manny I did a deal with him to press it as it was originally intended with 'As she slowly slips away' on and put it out on Roxanne records. We pressed 200 copies, which last year finally sold out. It was never a money making exercise, just a wish to put out two fab sides.

 

The label was named after my daughter and a bit of a homage to those family named labels from Detroit, back in the day. The label design was done by Malayka and looks great going round on a turntable. The were about 10 copies that came with a handmade art sleeve, which we used as demo's.

 

 

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The story goes a bit like this.................

Following a request from a UK dealer in the 80's to put out the previously unreleased 'We Want Freedom/As she slowly slips away', Manny sent the master tapes off to a pressing plant. Somewhere along the line this got messed up and the wrong tapes were sent. So it was pressed as 'We Want Freedom/Don't Ever Hurt Me Girl' the latter having already been released on Lawton. The UK dealer said he did want them without 'As she slowly slips away'. So as Manny is a pragmatist, he wasn't gonna send more money after bad and lost interest in the project. Most copies were thrown away, just keeping a handful, which over the years have found their way to the UK.

 

About 7 years ago on a visit to Manny I did a deal with him to press it as it was originally intended with 'As she slowly slips away' on and put it out on Roxanne records. We pressed 200 copies, which last year finally sold out. It was never a money making exercise, just a wish to put out two fab sides.

 

The label was named after my daughter and a bit of a homage to those family named labels from Detroit, back in the day. The label design was done by Malayka and looks great going round on a turntable. The were about 10 copies that came with a handmade art sleeve, which we used as demo's.

 

 

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Yes I got one of those too when you did them…..Dave Halsall (Reforee on here) was the guy that had the ones on the first press that got out in the late 80s / early 90s. It's all so long ago now.  

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The story goes a bit like this.................

Following a request from a UK dealer in the 80's to put out the previously unreleased 'We Want Freedom/As she slowly slips away', Manny sent the master tapes off to a pressing plant. Somewhere along the line this got messed up and the wrong tapes were sent. So it was pressed as 'We Want Freedom/Don't Ever Hurt Me Girl' the latter having already been released on Lawton. The UK dealer said he did want them without 'As she slowly slips away'. So as Manny is a pragmatist, he wasn't gonna send more money after bad and lost interest in the project. Most copies were thrown away, just keeping a handful, which over the years have found their way to the UK.

 

About 7 years ago on a visit to Manny I did a deal with him to press it as it was originally intended with 'As she slowly slips away' on and put it out on Roxanne records. We pressed 200 copies, which last year finally sold out. It was never a money making exercise, just a wish to put out two fab sides.

 

The label was named after my daughter and a bit of a homage to those family named labels from Detroit, back in the day. The label design was done by Malayka and looks great going round on a turntable. The were about 10 copies that came with a handmade art sleeve, which we used as demo's.

 

 

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I remember the Roxanne ones.Is it 7 years ago.??

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The story goes a bit like this.................

Following a request from a UK dealer in the 80's to put out the previously unreleased 'We Want Freedom/As she slowly slips away', Manny sent the master tapes off to a pressing plant. Somewhere along the line this got messed up and the wrong tapes were sent. So it was pressed as 'We Want Freedom/Don't Ever Hurt Me Girl' the latter having already been released on Lawton. The UK dealer said he did want them without 'As she slowly slips away'. So as Manny is a pragmatist, he wasn't gonna send more money after bad and lost interest in the project. Most copies were thrown away, just keeping a handful, which over the years have found their way to the UK.

 

About 7 years ago on a visit to Manny I did a deal with him to press it as it was originally intended with 'As she slowly slips away' on and put it out on Roxanne records. We pressed 200 copies, which last year finally sold out. It was never a money making exercise, just a wish to put out two fab sides.

 

The label was named after my daughter and a bit of a homage to those family named labels from Detroit, back in the day. The label design was done by Malayka and looks great going round on a turntable. The were about 10 copies that came with a handmade art sleeve, which we used as demo's.

 

 

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Great both sides ,and love the label design ....

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I rarely look at JM's actual auctions as stuff tends to go for silly prices, just look at the results on here.

 

Wish I'd bothered with that Kell Osbourne, I think anything under 300 is a good price for that IMHO. Hopefully this sort of stuff continues to be out of fashion for a good while yet!  :wicked:  :D

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"Whilst still maintaining that the economy is in recovery, with inflation falling and standards of living supposedly increasing for those other than thieving bankers, George Osborne was today unavailable for comment upon being informed that a single sold for £25 on John Manship's world famous barometer of the super-rich's disposable income - a new record low, which has sent shock-waves through one of the most volatile sections of the marketplace..."

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